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The World's Most Bizarre Murders: True Stories That Will Shock and Amaze You

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  135 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
From the stomach-churning to the truly bizarre, the details of some of history’s weirdest and most shocking murder cases are collected in this enthralling volume. The criminals covered here all perpetrated crimes with a peculiar twist, among them Enriqueta Marti, who kidnapped children then boiled away their flesh and crushed their bones to make ingredients for her lucrati ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by John Blake (first published 2008)
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2,5 stars

I don't usually read true crime books. Hell, I never read true crime books. But this was a gift. And I do like gory stuff. Why haven't I read this kind of book sooner? No idea. But I have now.

I'm a bit desensitized when it comes to gritty, stomach-churning and bloody descriptions. I watch American Horror Story while eating lunch. I read very detailed cannibalistic chapters during breakfast. And why am I saying this, exactly? To explain why I haven't been very shocked by this supposedly
Jan 15, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012, non-fic, true-crime
A series of overviews of some bizarre and strange murders, although I found many didn't really fit the 'bizarre' or 'shocking' for me, though that may be because I'm something of a hardened true crime reader. In some of the cases, it was the after-effects or other aspects of the cases which were shocking or bizarre - see the case of Issei Sagawa, the Japanese cannibal who, on his release from prison, became a cult celebrity and was in demand for chat shows, cookery shows (!) and porno's, amongst ...more
Jennifer Daniel
Dec 12, 2010 Jennifer Daniel rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I think there is definately something wrong with me when I saw over half the cases profiled in this book as not being what I would consider "bizarrre". Straight up serial murders, common cannibals: I need something a little more shocking. A life time of reading about Jack the Ripper,Ted Bundy and pretty much every other serial killer throughout history has left me a little jaded apparently. The story about the washed up 50's B actress that was murdered by her dwarf son who claimed it was Latino ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
I was not impressed with this book at all! Maybe it is just not my forte, which I am actually sure is all it is. But hey, its fun to read something different every once in a while. The book basically just told short stories of the lives of killer around the world.
Laura Moore
This book was okay, pretty good I guess but a lot of the telling felt a bit sensationalised. 80% of these were not 'bizarre' in my opinion but that's probably just because I've read about most of these tales many times over. The 'new' to me ones were interesting though (e.g. the Canadian girl who killed her parents with her 'werewolf' boyfriend for grounding her).

On a side note, the layout kind of bugged me. I liked it to begin with and then in the last third it kind of went to pot. It felt rus
Apr 27, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Link to the review on my blog:
Carly Tume
Jun 09, 2014 Carly Tume rated it liked it
Was a good book until it got to the final couple of chapters when it seemed they ran out of things to talk about and started to drag on.
Dec 24, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A selection of true crime stories from around the world. Some of these killers I've read about before whilst others were a little more obscure. It made for a quick read amongst the Christmas festivities.
Apr 01, 2014 Simply rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
Great read
A.L. Butcher
True crime is always hard to review and this one even more so. Obviously the stories are dark and disturbing but in places it seemed a bit sensationalised. Not the best collection, although not a bad read.
Dec 04, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok
This book was just ok. It read like a bunch of newspaper articles. I can't say I was really 'shocked' or 'amazed' by any of the stories, but some of them were very interesting.
This book is subtitled True Stories That Will Shock and Amaze You , maybe it says more about me than about the crimes but I wasn't shocked or amazed.
Accidentally reread this without even realising, shows how forgettable this book is...
Aug 08, 2013 Dave rated it liked it
Theres some funny folk about!
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Fairly average.
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James Marrison is an author, true crime writer and journalist living in Argentina.

The Drowning Ground, his first novel, features a half Argentine half English DCI and is set in the Cotswolds. It will be published in the UK (Michael Joseph, Penguin), Germany (Bastei Lübbe), and will also be published in the United States in August 2015 (Minotaur Books, Macmillan)

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